I use walking as my exercise to loose weight. Since early Summer 2012 I have lost 56 pounds. My cardio is way better (in the athletic range), I had to drop the amount of thyroid meds and my cholesterol is now well within the 'normal' range (meds and cholesterol may be due more to weight loss, . . not the walking ;-).
I walk fast. When I started, I averaged 5.3 km/hour (3.29 miles / hour). Over a few months I increased that to 6.7 km/h (4.16 m/h). I also include hills into my walk. In a 7.6 km walk (4.7 miles) and have a 150 metre (492 ft) elevation gain.
I think that the hills and the pace make this into a natural interval training. I track my walks with a smart phone (endomondo.com) which estimates my calories and tracks the distance and time. For Christmas I got a heart rate monitor that will work with endomondo and it will very accurately record the actual calories (not an estimate that vary from program to program)
Remember to stretch after the walk ! !
I thought that instruction was for someone else and now I have Achilles Tendinitis. Very Painful and my walking program is on hold until at least March or April.
Edited by: DOUGLYE at: 1/29/2013 (17:18)
The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.
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